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Child security mechanism for mobile phones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000212038D
Publication Date: 2011-Oct-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 185K

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Abstract

In today’s day and age more and more children possess mobile phones. There is no control over the people these children will receive calls or messages from. This solution considers the possibility of receiving phone calls only from people known and authorized by the parents, thus protecting the child by making sure he/she does not receive calls from strangers or potentially negative people.

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Child security mechanism for mobile phones

People who are allowed to contact the child will be saved in the address book by the parent. This information will be on the SIM card and therefore transmitted to the service centre. An incoming call or message will activate a query. If the incoming call or message number is saved on the child's phone it will be forwarded according to normal mobile phone usage. Should the incoming call or message be from someone whose number is not in the child's address book, the call will be stopped and the user will get a message sayinghe is not authorized to communicate with the desired number.

The child's address book will be saved on the provider's server and all functions related to the address book will be changed accordingly. Every phone will have an option to "exclude unknown names".

The figures below show how this will be implemented, the figures are based on phone calls but the same mechanism will apply to text and image messages:

Fig. 1The parent saves numbers that are allowed to contact the child locally

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Fig. 2 The saved numbers are communicated and stored on a database on the service centre

Fig. 3 When a call from a saved number comes in, the call contacts the base station which will in turn query the database on the service centre (see Fig. 4)

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Fig. 4 The service centre authorizes the call

Should the child receive a call from a number that has not been saved on the SIM card and therefore not...